What is it about?

The reasons for nurse shortages are include more nurses entering pension age, on the anther hand the demand for service is increasing. Nurses are increasingly not dissatisfy with their work environment, life–work imbalance and burnout. Training (preceptorship and clinical supervision programmes) is effective in retaining NQNs, increasing satisfaction, improving skills and competency and staff engagement; however, more support for both preceptors/supervisors and NQNs is needed to maximise the success of these programmes in the future.

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We reviewed the literature to find out whether there is evidence to support preceptorship and clinical supervision programmes in retaining nurses, and particularly newly qualified nurses (NQNs), in clinical practice. Our analysis produced seven themes: increase satisfaction, gain competence and feel more confident; competencies of preceptors and supervisors; framework or model required; the challenge to the programmes; intention to stay and staff retention; voluntary withdrawal from the nursing profession; and further support for development.


Preceptorship and clinical supervision are highly effective to retain staff but require more support.

Mr Carlos Aparício
Anglia Ruskin University

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This page is a summary of: Do preceptorship and clinical supervision programmes support the retention of nurses?, British Journal of Nursing, November 2020, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.20.1192.
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